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Illinois State University Speaker Series: Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Working in Public: Open Scholarship and Generous Thinking
October 25, 5:30 p.m.
Circus Room, Bone Student Center
Presentation Details: Working in public, and with the public, can enable scholars to build vital, sustainable research communities, both within their fields, with other scholars in different fields, and with folks off-campus who care about the kinds of work that we do. By finding ways to connect with readers and writers beyond our usual circles of experts, in a range of different registers, and in ways that move beyond enabling them to listen to us to instead allow for meaningful response, we can create the possibilities for far more substantial public participation in and engagement with the humanities, and with the academy more broadly. We can build programs and networks and platforms that do not just bring the university to the world, but that also involve the world in the university.
About the Speaker: Kathleen Fitzpatrick is director of digital humanities and professor of English at Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, she served as associate executive director and director of scholarly communication of the Modern Language Association, where she was managing editor of PMLA and other MLA publications. During that time, she also held an appointment as visiting research professor of English at NYU. She is author of Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good (Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming), as well as Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006). She is project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving more than 13,000 scholars and practitioners in the humanities.
The talk is part of the Illinois State University Speaker Series. The series seeks to bring innovative and enlightening speakers to the campus with the aim of providing the community with a platform to foster dialogue, cultivate enriching ideas, and continue an appreciation of learning as an active and lifelong process. All talks are free and open to the public.